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2018 Pet Industry Leadership Conference – Registration Open
The 3rd Annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference, January 28-31, 2018 in Naples, Florida will feature TEDx superstar Mel Robbins, cybersecurity expert Brett Williams, and perennial favorite, economist Brian Beaulieu. The complete speaker lineup and schedule has been announced, and registration is now open (learn more)

Sales Professional Training Camp
Whether a sales rookie or long time veteran, this course will help all sales professionals immensely! This training will inspire immediately and have significant long term impact — changing behaviors and building consistent professional selling disciplines! Discount registration for PIDA members. (learn more)

PIDA unveils an updated version of its "The Power of D, Growth Through Distribution" marketing program. Originally introduced more than a decade ago, the revitalized program features a new brochure, accompanying videos, articles and case studies available at All are designed to help PIDA members explain the value that wholesaler distributors bring to the pet product channel. (learn more)

UPDATE: How PIDA Members Can Help the Pets Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
The devastating floods in the greater Houston area have been top of mind for most of us since Hurricane Harvey made landfall last weekend. PIDA has been part of a group organized by the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) that is working with local authorities to coordinate the pet industry's response to the needs of pets and pet owners impacted. The PLC has posted a list of resources for members to help in the recovery efforts, including updates on how our distributor members in Texas are assisting with efforts, plus a map showing locations of open animal hospitals and supplies and even a link to help owners reunite with their pets. If your organization can help, please contact any of the organizations listed. Read full story.

NAW offers free webinars for PIDA distributors
These webinars include topics of interest to wholesaler distributors. Past webinars are available On Demand, again, free of charge. Titles include Digital Transformation in Wholesale Distribution and Maximizing Profits. (learn more)


2018 Global Pet Expo Exhibit Application available
Global Pet Expo 2017 boasted a sold out, record-setting show. Don't delay in reserving your booth space. The 2018 Show will take place March 21-23, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. Reserve online.

Pets in the classroom debuts new, teacher-friendly web design, making the application process easier for teachers to apply for a classroom pet. The new website features easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions to assist teachers in choosing the best grant and pet for their school. Visit the website at to learn more.

Dog Shortage? New Study Reports Availability of Shelter Dogs at an All-Time Low
A new study conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University has found shocking news regarding the populations of dogs in America — we are running out. In fact, we are short nearly 5.5M dogs. How can that be if there are millions of dogs in shelters? (read more)

HABRI, Zoetis Partner for "The Pet Effect"
HABRI and Zoetis recently launched a new educational campaign explore how pets are a power prescription for human health (learn more)

Dozens Of Pet Companies Rally Together To Provide Food, Supplies And Medicine To Rescue Organizations, Evacuation Facilities And Pet Owners
In an unprecedented collaborative effort, pet store and veterinary hospital groups, manufacturers and distributors and associations and organizations within the pet industry are pooling their resources and working with lead disaster and shelter officials to coordinate logistics of providing much needed supplies including sharing warehouses, facilities and distribution centers for storage until affected areas can be accessed. They are also tapping resources to help provide vehicles and helicopters to assist with evacuations and providing financial assistance to rescue organizations. The group has developed a public map of locations where open animal hospitals and supplies can be found and will regularly update as conditions change here. Read full story.

Pet Ownership Saves $11.7 Billion in Health Care Costs
The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation today announced the findings of a new economic study on the healthcare cost savings associated with pet ownership. (learn more)



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